Frank Friedman is chairman of the Woods Rogers Appellate team. His practice focuses on appeals in both state and federal courts. He has handled a broad spectrum of appeals ranging from personal injury, property rights, and labor and employment, to criminal, domestic, tax, products liability, and malpractice.

Frank recently finished his term as chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Virginia Bar Association (VBA). He has served previously as the chair of the Board of Governors of the Litigation Section of the Virginia State Bar and chair of the Board of Editors of The Journal of Civil Litigation. He is a member of the VBA’s Boyd Graves Conference and serves on the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center’s board as past president.

Frank is a frequent speaker on appellate topics including brief writing, oral argument, and waiver. Frank has been named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Virginia by Super Lawyers magazine since 2013. His appellate work is also recognized in rankings by Best Lawyers in America. He has been named to Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite list. Frank is a 2014 Fellow of the Roanoke Law Foundation and was named to the 2015 class of Leaders in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

He is a past President of Roanoke’s Temple Emanuel and has served previously on the boards of Total Action for Progress and the Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank.

Affiliations

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Roanoke Bar Association

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Virginia Bar Association—Chair, Appellate Practice (2015-present); Boyd Graves Conference member

Representative Cases

Attorney Malpractice

  • Shevlin Smith v. McLaughlin, Record No. 140500 (Va. 2015)

Commercial/UCC

  • Delta Star, Inc. v. Michael’s Carpet World, 276 Va. 524 (2008)
  • Brewster of Lynchburg, Inc. v. Dial Corp., 33 F.3d 355 (4th Cir. 1994)
  • Harris v. Dial Corp., 954 F.2d 990 (4th Cir. 1992)

Criminal

  • Payne v. Comm., 292 Va. 855 (2016)
  • Workman v. Comm., 272 Va. 633 (2006)
  • Hodges v. Comm., 272 Va. 418 (2006)
  • Rawls v. Comm., 278 Va. 650 (2009)
  • Wynne v. Comm., 18 Va. App. 459 (1994)
  • Haugen v. Shenandoah Valley Dept. of Social Services, 274 Va. 27 (2007)
  • Buchanan v. Angelone, 522 U.S. 269 (1998)

Defense Personal Injury/Insurance

  • Evans v. NAACO Materials Handling Group, 810 S.E. 2d 462 (2018)
  • Walker v. Mason, 257 Va. 65 (1999)
  • Holmes v. John Doe, 257 Va. 573 (1999)
  • Turner v. Lotts, 244 Va. 554 (1992)
  • Kuykendall v. Young Life, 2008 WL 110922 (4th Cir. 2008)

Domestic/Reproductive Rights

  • L.F. v. Breit, 285 Va. 163 (2013)
  • Stephenson v. Musgrave, 2010 WL 1956700, Va. App.
  • Stegall v. Stegall, 2013 WL 6844657, Va. App.
  • Holden v. Holden, 35 Va. App. 315 (2001); 31 Va. App. 24 (1999)
  • Fries v. Fries, 2002 WL 53887, Va. App.

Employment/Labor/Tortious Firing

  • Lewis-Gale Medical Center, LLC v. Alldredge, 282 Va. 141 (2011)
  • Arthur v. Pet Dairy, 2015 WL 509356 (4th Cir. 2015)
  • Bandy v. Advance Auto Parts, Inc., 2013 WL 3814976 (4th Cir. 2013)
  • Barber v. JTEKT Automotive Virginia, Inc., 2013 WL 871191 (4th Cir. 2013)
  • Eng v. Norfolk Southern Corp., 2006 WL 372609 (4th Cir. 2006)
  • Advanced Marine Enterprises, Inc. v. PRC Inc., 256 Va. 106 (1998)

FELA

  • Cole v. Norfolk Southern Ry. Co., 294 Va. 92 (2017)
  • Hollingsworth v. Norfolk Southern Ry. Co., 279 Va. 675 (2010)
  • Norfolk and Western Ry. Co. v. Puryear, 250 Va. 559 (1995)
  • Stover v. Norfolk and Western Ry. Co., 249 Va. 192 (1995)

First Amendment

  • Cashion v. Smith, 286 Va. 327 (2013)
  • Yeagle v. Collegiate Times, 255 Va. 293 (1998)

Medical Malpractice

  • Martin v. Lahti, 809 S.E. 2d 644 (2018)
  • Simpson v. Roberts, 287 Va. 34 (2014)
  • Landrum v. Shippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals, Inc., 282 Va. 346 (2011)
  • King v. Sowers, 252 Va. 273 (1996)
  • Hutchins v. Talbert, 278 Va. 650 (2009)

Plaintiff Personal Injury/Insurance

  • Bratton v. Selective Ins. Co., 290 Va. 314 (2015)
  • Dabney v. Augusta Mut. Ins. Co., 282 Va. 78 (2011)
  • Addison v. Jurgelsky, 281 Va. 205 (2011)
  • Copp v. Nationwide Mut. Ins., 279 Va. 675 (2010)

 Property/Land and Water Disputes

  • Burdette v. Brush Mountain Estates, LLC, 278 Va. 286 (2009)
  • Moorman v. Blackstock, Inc., 276 Va. 64 (2008)
  • Dogwood Valley Citizens Ass’n, Inc. v. Shifflett, 275 Va. 197 (2008)
  • Virginia Timberline, LLC v. Appalachian Power Co., 2009 WL 271398 (4th Cir. 2009)
  • Dogwood Valley Citizens Ass’n, Inc. v. Winkelman, 267 Va. 7 (2004)
  • Kraft v. Burr, 252 Va. 273 (1996)
  • Smith Mountain Lake Yacht Club, Inc. v. Ramaker, 261 Va. 240 (2001) (amicus)
  • U.S. v. Tobias, 899 F.2d 1375 (4th Cir. 1990)

Tax

  • City of Lynchburg v. English Constr. Co., Inc., 277 Va. 574 (2009)
  • Shelor Motor Co., Inc. v. Miller, 261 Va. 473 (2001)
  • Virginia Baptist Homes, Inc. v. Botetourt County, 276 Va. 656 (2008)
  • Nielsen Co. (US), LLC v. County Bd. of Arlington County, 767 S.E.2d 1 (2015) (amicus)

Trade Dress/Copyright

  • McAirlaids, Inc. v. Kimberly-Clark Corp., 756 F.3d 307 (4th Cir. 2014)
  • Hofmann v. O’Brien, 2010 WL 675006 (4th Cir. 2014)

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